Revised route for La Marmotte 2015 to use Les Lancets de Montvernier

Revised route for La Marmotte 2015
Revised route for La Marmotte 2015

Here is the official revised route map and profile for next months Marmotte cycling event. Following the forced closure to the Tunnel du Chambon for emergency repairs, authorities have had to change the course of the 2015 Marmotte. What is interesting about this years route, is that similar to the 2015 Tour de France and the 2015 Etape du Tour they will now also incorporate the short but impressive set of 18 back to back hairpin bend Lacets de Montvernier(switchbacks) of the Lacets de Montvernier. Les Lancets (French for loop or hairpin), dates back to the 1930’s and is just 4km long, with an averaging gradient of around 8%. The majority of switchbacks are concentrated to within a 2.5km stretch, resulting in a corner every 150m. Although being climbed for both the Tour de France, the Etapt du Tour and now La Marmotte, descending this road quickly is seen as a hugely technical challenge and requires great breaking and cornering skills.

Revised profile for La Marmotte 2015
Revised profile for La Marmotte 2015

 

 

 

 

 

Mont Ventoux Bike Hotel Malaucene

Hotel Malaucenne - Mont Ventoux
Hotel Malaucenne – Mont Ventoux

Introducing one of our most popular hotels in the Mont Ventoux region. The hotel sits right in the heart of Mauaucene at the start of the climb to Mont Ventoux. It’s so close, that from the hotels breakfast terrace, you can watch other cyclists set off on their climb up this famous mountain.

The hotel 18th century former silk farm has been lovingly converted into the beautiful hotel you see today. Each of the nineteen rooms has an en-suite bath or shower room and toilet. They are all individually designed with vintage furniture and items sourced from local favourite second hand dealers. The hotel most recent additions for 2015 are two modern and stylish self-catering lodges both sleeping up to 4 people, built in the expansive grounds.

The 12’000 meters gardens are sheltered from the outside world by ancient stone walls, with plenty of shaded seating beneath well established trees. There are plenty or secluded and private areas to relax and a large swimming pool to cool off in after a hot day.

Mont Ventoux

Not only does the hotel sit at the foot of the Mont Ventoux, one of the Tour de France’s most famous stages, but the region is blessed by the variety of cycling and mountain biking for all levels for all levels. Unlike some locations in the high Alps and Pyrenees, where every day on the bike is a mammoth day in the saddle,  this region has the benefit of a vast variety of cycling and mountain biking. Aside form the obvious three challenging climbs up the Mont Ventoux, there are also more gentle days trips such as passing through vast selection of fantastic wineries, the Massif des Dentelles, beautiful medieval villages such as Le Barroux and Crillon le Brave and the stunning river valley of Le Toulourene.

Louis Saint Joire and Florence, the French ‘parton’ speak perfect English and thoroughly welcomes cyclists to his hotel. They have a great knowledge of cycling and are usually on hand to offer advice for the perfect days ride.

For information about this or any other properties in the area, do please contact us on enquiries@bikelodging.com

 

Tour de France rooms available due to cancellation

Allemont Hotel
Allemont Hotel

Due to a recent cancellation, two twin or double rooms have become available at

one of our most popular hotels in Allemont. This hotel sits in the perfect position for the final three Alps stages of this summers Tour de France.

Stage 18 on Thursday 23rd July from Gap to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne 186.5km passes over the Col de La Morte and then through in front of the hotel in Allemont before heading over the Col du Glandon and down into the Maurienne valley.

Stage 19 on Friday 24th July from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to La Toussuire 138km passes over the Col de la Croix du Fer a good day ride form the hotel.

Stage 20 on Saturday 25th July starts in Modane and ends up the famous 21 bends of Alpe d’Huez. The start of the Alpe d’Huez climb is just 10km from the Hotel.

The rooms are priced at €70 per person per night, with a minimum of seven night booking. This includes breakfast, afternoon (return from ride) pasta buffet and a three course evening meal.

For details of this hotel or any others in the area, then contact us on enquiries@bikelodging.com

Tour de France – Available accommodation Alpe d’Huez

Tour de France 2015
Tour de France 2015

We still have plenty of available accommodation options for the 2015 Tour de France close to the Alpe d’Huez. Stages 18, 19 and 20 all come within a days ride of our properties in the Oisans region. Stage 18 from Gap to Saint Jean Maurienne, comes through Allemont, close to Vaujany and Le Bourg d’Oisans. Stage 19 predominantly in the Maurienne Valley, also the route for this years Tour du Etapt,  will pass over the Col de la Croix de Fer. And assuming that the Tunnel du Chambon is fixed and reopened by then, Stage 18 starts in Modane, heads over the Col du Galibier and finishes up the 21 bends of Alpe d’Huez.

Here is a selection of our properties which still have availability for this Tour de France week.

La Danchere Lodge
La Danchere Lodge

La Danchere Lodge – A great value option in a charming hotel at the entrance to the Ecrins National Park. The hotel is surrounded by beautiful gardens with a public bar, which are one of the nicest places to relax in the area after a big ride.

Vaujany Catered Chalet – Located in one of the most desirable and picturesque villages linked to the Alpe d’Huez lift system, this modern and stylish chalet, with hot tub and games room is popular with both cyclists and mountain bikers.

Venosc Chalet - Hot tub, Sauna, Home cinema, games room
Venosc Chalet – Hot tub

Chalet Cycling Venosc – Exclusive chalet at an affordable price. 5 bedroom chalet with stunning views across the Ecrins National park, within walking distance of the picturesque hamlet of Venosc. It is run by a couple with great knowledge of the area including a professional chef. Bedrooms are very modern and stylish, all with en-suite bathrooms as are all the communal rooms in the chalet. It features a large well stocked and secure bike storage shed, hot tub, sauna, games room, cinema room, wood burning stove, UK Sky TV and free wifi through out.

Ecrins Self-Catered Chalet
Ecrins Self-Catered Chalet

Ecrins Self-Catered Chalet – A brand new chalet (2013) built and decorated to a very high standard is located in the picturesque hamlet of La Danchere at the entrance to the Ecrins National Park.

If you require any information about these or any other properties in this region or other popular cycling regions, dont hesitate to get in contact.

Tour de France Bike Hotel and accommodation Bourg d’Oisans

Tour de France 2015
Tour de France 2015

During the final few days of this summers (2015) Tour de France, the race will have 3 days within a days bike ride of Le Bourg d’Oisans. For those wishing to witness the race first hand over these three days, there is a choice of famous col or mountain passes within a days ride of Le Bourg d’Oisans, such as the col de la Morte, Col du Glandon, Col du La Croix du Fer, Col du Galibier and of course the Alpe d’Huez.

Bike hotels and accommodation are always difficult to find at this late stage, but here are BikeLodging, we have compiled  list of some great available places.

La Danchere Lodge – (4 nights minimum) A great value option in a charming hotel at the entrance to the Ecrins National Park. The hotel is surrounded by beautiful gardens with a public bar, which are one of the nicest places to relax in the area after a big ride. Half-board for €79 per person per night.

Chalet Cycle Venosc – A short ride from Bourg d’Oisans

Chalet Cycling Venosc – (2 rooms available 5 nights minimum) Exclusive chalet at an affordable price. 5 bedroom chalet with stunning views across the Ecrins National park, within walking distance of the picturesque hamlet of Venosc. It is run by a couple with great knowledge of the area including a professional chef. Bedrooms are very modern and stylish, all with en-suite bathrooms as are all the communal rooms in the chalet. It features a large well stocked and secure bike storage shed, hot tub, sauna, games room, cinema room, wood burning stove, UK Sky TV and free wifi through out. Half-board for €89 per person per night.

Vaujany -Catered Chalet – Located in one of the most desirable and picturesque villages linked to the Alpe d’Huez lift system, this modern and stylish chalet, with hot tub and games room is popular with both cyclists and mountain bikers. The location is ideal for day trips to the Glandon and Croix du Fer as well as the Alpe d’Huez.

Ecrins Self-Catered Chalet – A brand new 6 bedroom sleeps 14 chalet (2013) built and decorated to a very high standard is located in the picturesque hamlet of La Danchere at the entrance to the Ecrins National Park. Weekly self-catered rental for around €2000.

Le Bourg d’Oisans Studio – Thanks to a recent cancelation this beautifully renovated studio with vaulted ceilings on the ground floor of a stone farmhouse has just become

Studio in beautiful stone building
Studio in beautiful stone building

available again. Comfortable double or twin beds. Sofa bed. Modern separate bathroom with extremely good shower. Kitchinette, table and chairs. UK Freeview Television with DVD player. The studio also has access to a secure bike shed and workshop. Use of the laundry is available for a small fee. Available 20th – 26th July 6 nights €450

Apartment Les Cristallieres – 2 bedroom (+ mezzanine sleeps 7) apartment in the centre of the beautiful mediaeval village of Venosc. Bedroom 1 has a double bed and the second has 2 sets of bunks. The mezzanine has a further single bed. It has a very light open plan living room with dinning and kitchen, plus secure storage for bikes and skis. 7 nights self-catering for €850.

3 bedroom apartment central Bourg d’Oisans – 3 bedroom apartment sleeps 6 right in central Bourg d’Oisans. 1 double room and 2 twin rooms. 7 nights self-catering for €1450

Satge 18 on Thursday 23rd July from Gap to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne 186.5km passes over the Col de La Morte and then through Allemont before heading over the Col du Glandon and down into the Maurienne valley.

Stage 19 on Friday 24th July from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to La Toussuire 138km passes over the Col de la Croix du Fer

Stage 20 on Saturday 25th July starts in Modane and ends up the iconic 21 bends of Alpe d’Huez.

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